Lou Contant

Lou Contant

The College was very sad to announce the death of retired Vanier employee, Louis (Lou) Contant, who passed away on October 4, 2013, at the age of 83.

Lou was a longtime employee in the Vanier Bookstore from the very earliest days of Vanier's existance. He worked there from 1970-1993.

Our sympathies go out to his family and friends and especially to his beloved wife and current Vanier employee, Wilma Brown. Wilma kindly provided us with a series of photos and an update 10 months after Lou's passing. Click here to see it.

Lou was also very helpful to us just a couple of years ago in his submission to our History of Vanier College section, where he gave us several excellent photos to scan as well as a lovely descriptive text about the Bookstore in those early times. You can view his contribution by clicking here.

Other pertinent links:
His obituary page from the Montreal Gazette and an online photo book from the funeral home website.

Here is his full obituary notice:

CONTANT, Louis Robert Joseph, December 31, 1929 - October 4, 2013.
It is with much sadness that we announce the passing of Louis Contant at the age of 83. He leaves behind his beloved wife and partner of nearly 30 years, Wilma Brown. He will be greatly missed by his nieces Arlene and Suzanne, and nephews Chris, Mark and Brian; Wilma's siblings Judy (René), Jerry (Jean), Verni, and Wally (Jazz); and countless acquaintances and friends, including Jerry B., Rod M., John P., Mike B., Mike C., Steve T. and Susie S., Steve R., Dirk K., Bill E., Liliane B., Chris W., Alanna H., Audrey S., Kathie R., Silvia and Matti T. He was predeceased by his brother John. Louis was born in Winnipeg to Anne Marie (Côté) and Alfred Contant. He also lived a number of years in Vancouver and England before settling in Montreal in 1963. He worked at the Vanier College Bookstore from 1970 until his retirement in 1993. Louis was a reader, a writer, a poet, a musician, and a philosopher who truly loved people and nature. Visitation will be Wednesday, October 9 from 2 to 5 p.m. and 7 to 9 p.m. at Collins Clarke MacGillivray White Funeral Home, 5610 Sherbrooke West, Montreal (H4A 1W5). A Service to celebrate Louis' life will take place Thursday, October 10 at 2 p.m. at Montreal West United Church, 88 Ballantyne North, Montreal West (H4X 2B8). On Friday, October 11 at 11 a.m., some of Louis' ashes will be placed in a niche at the Montreal Memorial Gardens/Les Jardins Urgel Bourgie, 3955 Côte de Liesse, Ville St-Laurent (H4N 2N6). People are invited for any or all of the above. Sincere thanks to Dr. Shireen Sirhan and all the caring staff of the Oncology Treatment Centre at St. Mary's Hospital and the homecare professionals provided by CLSC, Mount Sinai Hospital, and NOVA. In lieu of flowers, a donation to the Vanier College Foundation or a charity of your choice would be appreciated.

Note: If you have either info or photos of anyone listed on our Memorial website, we'd appreciate your sharing them with us. Send digital photos by email or hard copies by internal mail to Denis Lafontaine, N215. They will be treated with care and quickly and safely returned.You can email written memories to the following email address. Thank you.